British man missing after falling from banana boat in Portugal
A British man is feared dead after he disappeared when he was thrown from a banana boat in Portugal.
Emergency services are still searching for Richard Chapelow, who was reportedly thrown from the boat on the Santa Clara Dam at around 5pm on Monday.
Mr Chapelow had been a guest of Jon Hunt, the founder of the Foxtons estate agency, who owns property in the area, a spokesman for Mr Hunt said.
He was part of a group of 10 Britons at the popular watersports and fishing spot, which sits about an hourâs drive north of the Algarve region, local media reported.
A statement issued on behalf of the Hunt family said: âMy family and I are devastated by the loss of Richard, following a tragic accident at Santa Clara Dam.
âOur thoughts and prayers are wholly with Richardâs family, and we ask that both families are given space to grieve such a painful loss.
âWe will be working closely with the Portuguese authorities to understand what has happened, and are grateful to the local police and fire services for their efforts.
âIt is a time of great sorrow.â
Local volunteer fire chief Mario Batista told Portuguese media four people were on a banana boat with another six on a boat towing the inflatable.
One rider disappeared after all four were thrown from the float, he said.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: âWe are assisting the family of a British man reported missing in Portugal and are in contact with the local authorities.â
The manâs family have been informed, the spokeswoman added.
The Santa Clara Dam, about 25 miles from the southern city of Ourique, and about an hourâs drive from the Algarve resort of Portimao, is popular with both watersports and fishing enthusiasts.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal